May 15th is the official start of hurricane season down here along the coast. Storms can and do start in May, but for Texas, May 15th is usually the start of hurricane preparation season. There are a lot of ways to advance prepare for a hurricane. Okay, maybe not a lot, but there are few:

  • Pretend it is the Zombie Apocalypse
  • Move to a place where hurricanes don’t hit. Or at least higher ground.
  • Put your fingers in your ears and repeat “la-la-la” whenever anyone brings up the subject
  • Find out what is essential and do that.

Let’s take a quick look at these prep methods. Pretending it is the Zombie Apocalypse is definitely more fun than planning for a hurricane (unless you’re a weatherman or Geraldo Rivera – hey, he said that fall would end up on YouTube and he was so right. LOL). Plus, weapons of zombie destruction won’t actually stop a hurricane.

Move to a place not threatened by hurricanes. This is the expensive option and could cost you and/or your sig other jobs. We moved to higher ground when we moved to Texas. I think we went from below sea level to around fifty feet. We didn’t get nose bleeds, but did plant a flag.

Ignoring the problem until the big a** storm is making a beeline for you. I don’t recommend this method either. Supplies can literally run out in hours. Yes, hours. And if a storm hits, it takes at least 72 hours for help to arrive. At least. That assumes that all will go well following the storm.


I personally recommend finding out what is essential and at least doing that. You can also buy 72 hour kits from a variety of sources. We opted for this method after a bad experience with a) tuna, b) no power (so no moving air) and c) our cat.

If you don’t like being without moving air, which requires power, then look into the more advanced prep such as gas powered fans (which require gas) and generators (which also require gas). Based on our adventure with Hurricane Ike, I also suggest getting actual cash money (without power, cash machines don’t work), games/books/activities that don’t require power to work, keeping your vehicles as full as possible, and donuts.

I used to recommend chocolate, but it does melt in the heat. What shocked me after Ike was how bad I wanted donuts. I was not alone in that desperate need either. One store that finally opened said they sold some obscene amount of donuts in about an hour. And no, we did not get any. And yes, I’m still bitter about that.

If you have a different, uber-stress food, then substitute it for the donuts. Because the waaa-m-bulance won’t be around for at least a week after a hurricane hits. And the donuts can take longer than week.

Have you ever gone through a big storm? Have any helpful tips to share? Are you prepared? All comments are entered into my monthly drawing for $10 AnaBanana gift card. Winner is announced in the first blog post of the new month.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, Project Enterprise

Perilously, and helpfully yours,


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Have You Started Your Hurricane Prep?

4 thoughts on “Have You Started Your Hurricane Prep?

  • May 16, 2013 at 7:00 am

    In a plastic storage tote: Create and keep a binder of essential information like copies of prescriptions, eyeglasses, and medical info. Add a list of relatives’ phone numbers and a spare charger for your cell. Toilet paper enough for your family for a week. Matches/lighters in a sealed zip-top bag. Put a list of “last minute grabs” in permanent ink on the underside of the lid. Take advantage of camping stores great items such as MRE’s, salt tablets, and water purifying tablets.

  • May 13, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Water. The basic minimum is 2 liters per person per day. That’s just to stay alive. Either have a few large containers, (five liter ones are a comfortable weight for an adult to move around)that you regularly rotate through, or a really good water purifying system that doesn’t require electricity … and knowing where the nearest source of water is and having a decent hand pump to get at it.

    Make sure you have a good supply of your favourite dried herbs and spices and other food flavourings. You may be able to cook up a huge pot of rice and beans, but if it’s all you have to eat for days, it’s going to get boring really quickly.

    And make sure you have a good quality hand cranked radio.

    … and toilet paper!
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    • May 14, 2013 at 9:22 am

      That is excellent advice! We are lucky here in Houston, because the water system is closed, so we can continue to use water—but I still keep water on hand. Because crap happens. Which brings us to TP. LOL Yes, make sure you have a lot!

      In the aftermath of Ike, many people mentioned wishing they had spices and such to spice up the survival food. I need to track down this cookbook title I heard mentioned about gourmet survival cooking. Thanks for the great recs!

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